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The secretive and seductive seaside town of Blanes has been enamours visitors with its gorgeous golden beaches, perpetually perfect climate and charismatic Catalan culture. Enchanting coves and rugged rock formations decorate the curving coastline while architectural gems reside with the town’s Old Quarter; tempting tapas bars and relaxed café are ubiquitous here, and hours can be spent watching locals wander through the shady squares and winding streets of this delightful but relatively undiscovered destination.
One of Blanes’ most colourful and captivating attractions is the Murimurtra Botanical Garden, a paradisiacal picture of exotic plants, fascinating wildlife and picturesque ponds all perched upon the crumbling cliffs of town. The water lily pond houses beautiful white blooms and tiny turtles basking in the midday sun.
Wander the winding streets of the Old Town to discover the Catalonian culture of the area, enjoying the busy bustle of the Market that bursts with colourful fruit and vegetable stands.
The rich cultural heritage of the town is evident through the ancient and astounding architecture that decorates the winding streets; Gothic buildings from the 14th and 15th century include the Charles 1 Tower and the Nuestra Senora, structures steeped in intriguing historical heritage.
Enjoying a prime location upon the picturesque Platja de Blanes, the arresting architecture and fabulous food of the immensely popular Café Terrassans are testament to its roaring success. Select some of Spain’s most tantalising tapas from the 50 strong menu, savouring the rich and robust flavours of lightly fried calamari and sizzling chorizo sausage. Absorb the somnolent Spanish ambience while sipping on a chilled glass of fruity sangria for an unforgettable dining experience. (Passeig de Dintre, 31, 17300 Blanes)